Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Futurama Coming Back in the Near Future

CBC news is reporting Futurama, Matt Groening's brilliant homage to SF, is making a comeback. Comedy Central and 20th Century Fox have apparently ordered 26 new half-hour episodes to air on Comedy Central in mid-2010.

Although I watched occasionally when it first aired in '99, I was too busy beating the bushes at odd hours as a young reporter to follow it consistently. It wasn't until it began re-running that I became a true fan. This time around I'm definitely going to be glued to it as soon as it hits the air.

The recent direct-to-DVD movies (later aired on TV) have been pretty entertaining (we finally got around to seeing Bender's Game not too long ago and had a blast watching its savaging of fantasy and RPG tropes), and as a means for the network to test the waters, they were pretty successful in generating positive buzz. No suprise then that Fox and CC are proceeding with reviving the show and ordering new adventures for the Planet Express gang.

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